An Armor Bearer: What One Wife Learned About Love and Loyalty

imagexlcd0hHave you ever been sitting in some kind of Bible class or a sermon and have an “Ah-Ha!” moment?  I had one of these while sitting with my husband listening to a lesson at Pettijohn Springs Christian Camp.  The teacher was talking about loyalty in the face of fear, and finishing strong with the Lord on your side!  He then went into a chapter of the Bible that I really hadn’t paid much attention to until that day.  It was about Jonathan, King Saul’s son and David’s BFF.  King Saul had been trying to duke it out with the Philistines and was having a pretty hard time keeping morale up because of the huge number of men in the Philistine army.  His men were scattered about, hiding in caves and holes in rocks, and even in tombs.  They were discouraged and downtrodden.

Now, head over to 1 Samuel 14.  This is where I had the light bulb moment.  We see Jonathan, Saul’s son, taking matters into his own hands.  He sneaks off with his armor bearer to a huge garrison of Philistines.  This was crazy because the Philistine army was armed to the core with all kinds of weaponry, horsemen, and chariots.His plan was like throwing firecrackers at an army tank!   Jonathan explained himself by saying “Come, let us go over to the garrison of these uncircumcised.  It may be that the LORD will work for us, for nothing can hinder the LORD from saving by many of by few” (v. 6).  In other words, the LORD had the power to save the people thru just two men if he wanted to, the Almighty did not need an army to do His will.  Now this is the “Ah-Ha” part.  Verse 7 says, “And the armor bearer said to him, ‘Do as you wish.  Behold, I am with you heart and soul.”’  I remember at that moment taking my husband’s hand and whispering, “I want to be your armor bearer.”  I am sure the passage didn’t hit his heart the way it hit mine at that moment, but that is the beauty of Scripture: it speaks to your heart when your heart is willing and open.

The armor bearer could have said, “Are you nuts?!  There is no way I am going to walk beside you through this, your idea is crazy, it will not work, and you are going to get us KILLED!”  Do you know what the armor bearer’s job was?  He just kept track of the weapons.  Jonathan’s armor bearer walked around, carrying Jonathan’s stuff until he had to use it.   So picture this: Jonathan comes up with this crazy idea to go running into a garrison, which is the troops stationed outside a fortress, and his armor bearer pledges his loyalty and life to Jonathan then prepares to take the helmet, the breastplate, the sword, and the shield from his protection, and place it on the man whom he carries it for, leaving himself bare, with nothing more than maybe an extra sword and his loyalty to Jonathan.  Wow.

This made me think of my marriage, and how I wanted to be my husband’s armor bearer.  I wanted to be able to dive in, heart and soul with my husband, no matter how crazy of an idea he had, knowing that his heart is searching for God’s will.  I wanted to be confident enough in my husband’s ability to lead our family that I never have to ask questions about his intentions.  Take that Twilight!

So my sweet, teen friends, the purpose of this article is to open your eyes to the “Ah-Ha” moments in scripture.  I found a calling to be my husband’s armor bearer in the midst of a bloody battle that looked impossible to win.  (They did win, by the way.)  The LORD gave Jonathan his favor by giving him a sign, and Jonathan, and his armor bearer went on, showed themselves to the garrison, and with the very first strike, these two men killed about twenty men within an acre of the camp.  IN ONE SWIPE.  How is that possible?  With God of course!  This caused the Philistines to be thrown into a panic, so much that the earth trembled and the multitude dispersed.  This gave dad King Saul the rally they needed to fight and win the battle.  The LORD saved Israel that day through the friendship and loyalty of Jonathan and his armor bearer.  If you pledge that kind of loyalty to your relationship with Christ, to your relationship with your parents, to your relationship with your future spouse, just think of all of the battles you will win because of your love and loyalty to the ones who are to guide you.

Ashley Hudson
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Ashley Hudson is a wife, mother to three, and redeemed by the merciful Savior. She and her family worship at the Madill church of Christ where her husband, Jake, is the minister. She writes a weekly blog called "There's An App For That" on Start2Finish, and is the author of the children's Bible class curriculum, GROW. Ashley enjoys unity found in the gospel, discount shopping, crockpot cooking, and football.

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